‘Oklahoma Kid’ to rope fans in Altus
ALTUS - Professional cowboy and trick roper Marty Tipton, also known as "The Oklahoma Kid," will be at the Altus Community Center, 401 Falcon Road, at 2 p.m. Thursday for the Altus Public Library "Fizz, Boom, Read" summer reading program.
Tipton keeps this history alive in Oklahoma and around the world with his eye-popping trick roping. He has been roping for over 30 years. Tipton was riding a horse before he could walk and at the age of six, he participated in the rodeo arena in the Little Britches Rodeo Association. He rode his first bare back bucking horse at that time, and later went on to be a professional team roper and rough stock rider. He learned trick roping from his father and grandfather, then went on to be professionally trained at the 101 Ranch. Because he grew up in the center of a Wild West show legacy, he realized the heritage was his to keep alive. Tipton traces his family ties to Oklahoma Native Son Will Rogers, one of Oklahoma's famous trick ropers.
Tipton has been asked to perform in a wide variety of venues around the world. In 2009, former president George W. Bush Invited Tipton and his family to attend the July 4 celebration in Woodward.